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51astro456

2001 Boxster 2.7L, Replacing Valve/camshaft cover..is it possible?

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New to this forum...I have a question about replacing the valve/camshaft cover (I'm calling it both valve and camshaft since I've seen it called both)...I'll call it camshaft cover from now on...

I attached a picture of the left camshaft cover of a car I'm looking at.  As you can see, it suffered major damage.  What is odd is that the car runs great..no strange sounds.

 

Has anyone just replaced the camshaft cover? I called one dealership and they said that the block and cover come as a set...and not possible to just find a used one and put it on.

 

I'm assuming that the damage was caused by something external...but I really don't know.  If it was from within, I can't imagine the car would even still run..let alone run without metal crunching sounds...

 

Any ideas?

 

Thank you!!!

 

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11 hours ago, 51astro456 said:

New to this forum...I have a question about replacing the valve/camshaft cover (I'm calling it both valve and camshaft since I've seen it called both)...I'll call it camshaft cover from now on...

I attached a picture of the left camshaft cover of a car I'm looking at.  As you can see, it suffered major damage.  What is odd is that the car runs great..no strange sounds.

 

Has anyone just replaced the camshaft cover? I called one dealership and they said that the block and cover come as a set...and not possible to just find a used one and put it on.

 

I'm assuming that the damage was caused by something external...but I really don't know.  If it was from within, I can't imagine the car would even still run..let alone run without metal crunching sounds...

 

Any ideas?

 

Thank you!!!

 

 

Welcome to RennTech :welcomeani:

 

You cannot change the cam cover.  The cam cover and cylinder head cam bores are machined as a unit, then separated.  If you were to substitute another cover, the cam bores will not line up with those on the cylinder head.  You need to replace both.

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3 hours ago, 51astro456 said:

JFP, darn...ok, thank you!!!

 

You can always take a photo of the damage to a quality aluminum welding shop and see if they can patch it.  Cheaper and easier than pulling the head off and replacing it.  You would still need the cam holding fixtures in place before removing the cover, but it can be done.

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